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Your Questions Answered: Tennis Elbow Massage
by NuView Health Medical

Can tennis elbow heal on its own?

Yes, but it takes time. Tennis elbow is a self-limiting condition. This means that it can resolve without treatment, and in most cases there is no long-term harmful effect. Importantly, it will take 6 – 8 weeks. However, many people have sped up their recovery with tennis elbow massage. We can massage the soft tissues correctly and give you therapy to prevent the injury from occurring again.

If I don't get a tennis elbow massage, will it get worse?

Maybe. If you continue to overuse your elbow, it can lead to early wear and tear of the tendon matrix. The wear and tear becomes epicondylitis – a type of inflammation that happens when the tendons are overused. Pain originates on the outside of the elbow with pain radiating into the forearm. Or, it can start at the bump on the inner elbow and the pain moves through the forearm. At this point, you might turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However, we don’t want this to happen. Heal faster by checking out NuView Health Medical’s natural, non-surgical, drug-free treatments for tennis elbow.

Is tennis elbow massage effective?

Yes, when done correctly. Traditionally, treatment options for epicondylitis are limited to rest, icing, and an elbow brace. But the root of the problem is not addressed. The more effective way is to allow a chiropractor to use Active Release Technique on your elbow. Then, get a physical therapist to teach you the therapies to strengthen the correct muscles. 

Other services from NuView Health Medical can also be beneficial: myofascial release, laser therapy, acupuncture, dry needling and more. Please try these treatments rather than taking medication or steroid injections.

If you are noticing pain in your elbows or forearms, tennis elbow massage, active release and physical therapy are the best treatments that NuView Health Medical provides. This injury can become progressively worse if the underlying issue is not looked into.

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What activities put me at risk of epicondylitis?

  • Weightlifting
  • Tennis
  • Baseball
  • Golfing
  • Raquetball
  • Painting
  • Knitting

In all these activities, the gripping, flexing, swinging and rotation motions lead to inflammation of the epicondyle – a rounded part of your bone where tendons attach.

Why Tennis Elbow is an Overuse Injury

Formed by the radius, ulna and humerus bones, your elbow is used so frequently in daily activities that it is prone to overuse. Irritation to the soft tissues causes elbow pain and stiffness. Conventional treatment for pain is rest, ice, heat and anti-inflammatory medications. When elbow pain persists however, we recommend massage and physical therapy at NuView Health Medical in Midtown New York.

Other Causes of Pain in Elbow

Bursitis
Your elbow joints contain fluid-filled bursa sacs that help cushion muscles, tendons and bones from powerful impacts. When these sacs become inflamed due to repetitive motions, infection or trauma, they will swell and cause elbow pain. Moderate to severe bursitis can produce pain your neck and back as well.

Stress Fractures
Tiny cracks in elbow bones caused by overuse are called stress fractures. Athletes and people who work with their arms often suffer stress fractures that are frequently misdiagnosed as sprains or strains. Stress fracture symptoms include elbow pain, stiffness, swelling around the elbow and pain radiating into shoulder and neck.